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Dierks Bentley Releases “I Hold On” As Lead Single from “Riser”!

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In advance of Dierks Bentley‘s forthcoming album, Riser, the award-winning singer/songwriter released his new single “I Hold On” to country radio. The track was written by Bentley and Brett James, pinning spiritual questions to material symbols with a personal touch.

“If you asked me to sum myself up in three minutes, I’d play ‘I Hold On’ for you.  At first listen, you might think it’s about my truck or my guitar, but it’s really about why I do some of the things I do and the kind of guy I am,” explains Bentley. “The chorus is really universal…it’s about faith, love and freedom…I don’t think there’s a country fan out there who doesn’t live with those as big priorities.  I hope through this song I’m able to let the fans into my heart and my mind a little more, and that they can also relate it back to themselves and their own lives.”

USA Today is offering fans a behind the scenes look at the making of “I Hold On.” To watch, click here.

Bentley is currently on tour with Miranda Lambert, through October. For ongoing updates on new music and tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

Dierks Bentley to co-host The View on Friday

Dierks Bentley. Photo credit: The Greenroom PR

Dierks Bentley will be bringing some country to ABC’s The View panel this Friday. He’ll be co-hosting the show starting at 10 am EST. He’ll be debuting a brand new single from his upcoming album “Riser” during the broadcast.

He’s already released his new single “Bourbon in Kentucky” to country radio. The single features guest vocals by rising country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves.

Are you excited for brand new music from Dierks later this year?

Dierks Bentley to headline Country Cares concert

Dierks Bentley. Photo Credit: James Minchin III

Arizona native Dierks Bentley will make a special trip to his home state this month to headline the Country Cares Concert, benefiting The Granite Mountain Hotshots on July 22 at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ. The New KMLE Country @ 107.9 and 92.9 KAFF Country have organized the concert to raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in last week’s wildfires. Tickets will go on sale this Fri., July 12 at 12:00P CT at KMLE1079.com and at Tim’s Toyota Center box office.

About this special cause, Dierks said:

“I want to help honor the memory of these 19 brave firefighters, to be part of the healing process for the community and to raise money for the families left behind. I was and still am devastated by this tragic event in my home state. I certainly can’t imagine what these families are enduring, but I do believe in the healing power of music and hope as many Arizonans as possible can come out and be part of this event.”

Fans and community members will have the chance to purchase tickets to the concert and special VIP packages with all proceeds going to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities who will distribute directly to the families of the 19 fallen firefighters. Fifty-one children were left without fathers in the wake of this tragedy.

 Additional artist announcements and more information can be found on dierks.com and KMLE1079.com.

Dierks Bentley Reveals Menu for Whiskey Row

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As Dierks Bentley continues to prepare for his foray from chart-topper to bar owner, the “Bourbon in Kentucky” singer has revealed the menu for his Whiskey Row, opening on July 4th. The venue will serve as a premier destination in Scottsdale Arizona for live country music, good drinks and classic Southern cuisine. Bentley took to Facebook yesterday to reveal a menu that had our mouths watering!

What would you order?!

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Country newcomer Jon Pardi will perform on opening night. For more info on Whiskey Row, visit their official website.

Gwen Sebastian’s Album Out Tuesday

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Our friend, Gwen Sebastian‘s, self-titled album will be released this Tuesday, June 25th!

Distributed by Warner Music Nashville, the album includes the lead single, “Suitcase,” which Sebastian co-wrote with songwriter, Nicole Witt. The song has been getting high praise since its release, and you realize why once you hear it. Sebastian’s vocals are powerful, and her country twang and personality shine on the track. The record also features special guest, Miranda Lambert, and Sebastian’s parents provide background vocals as well.

As you know, Sebastian gained popular recognition when she appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice as a member of Blake Shelton‘s team. Since then, Sebastian has been busy working on her album, touring extensively with Coach Blake as a background vocalist, and doing her own solo shows. She will also be opening select dates on Lambert and Dierks Bentley‘s Locked and Reloaded Tour this summer.

Congratulations on the release of your album, Gwen! We’re very excited for you.

Make sure you grab your copy on Tuesday!

Check out “Suitcase”:

Dierks Bentley teams up with Global Citizen for free tickets

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Dierks Bentley is giving country fans the chance to win some free tickets – and help those in need! The country cutie has teamed up with Global Citizen with a giveaway that encourages fans to help fight poverty and hunger as part of promotion for his upcoming “Riser” album.

Fans can earn points using the Global Citizen site and redeem them for concert tickets. Fans can earn points by raising awareness about global poverty and world hunger. It takes 15 points to redeem for a ticket to select Dierks shows, which you can view on the site after registering at globalcitizen.org.

Other country artists that are part of the program already include Tim McGraw, Brandi Carlile, and the Dixie Chicks.

Dierks Bentley to release personal album Riser

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Dierks Bentley is getting ready to release what he believes will be a defining new album this Fall. “Riser,” his brand new record, will be his most personal yet – written and recorded the year after his father’s death.

The title for his new album comes from the song “I’m A Riser,” a song about spiritual, personal and societal commentary on re-commitment, but he also can relate it to the battlefield of the music industry.

On why he believes this album will be his most personal yet, Dierks says:

“Life in general has a way of knocking you down. It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet.  They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”

The theme throughout Dierks’ brand new album is accepting change and learning to grow and learn from it. “Riser” will showcase Dierks’ artistic depth and a new intensity that country fans may not have expected from him previously.

Dierks teamed up once again with Arthur Buenahora Jr. (who was executive producer on his first two albums), and producer Ross Copperman (writer of “Tip It On Back”).

Dierks Bentley to open Whiskey Row

Dierks Bentley. Photo credit: The Greenroom PR

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will open a bar in his home state of Arizona this summer, with the grand opening of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row set for July 4. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale’s entertainment district, Bentley teamed up with Ryan Hibbert, Mike Troyan and Jon Wright, owners of Riot Hospitality Group (RHG) and operators of El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria for the throwback 1920′s style saloon with a modern country vibe.

It’s a pretty exciting new project for Dierks, who explains:

“Opening a bar in my hometown is something I’ve always wanted to do. These guys have spent a lot of time and put a lot of thought into really cool details that will make it the perfect place to watch a game or listen to music or just get a few drinks with friends.  I’m looking forward to helping break it in.”

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will be the first of its kind to enter Scottsdale; it will have an old school country flare with a Scottsdale twist. With warm wood surroundings, the venue features a 360-degree stage and massive 24 ft. TV. Being the most technologically advanced bar in the state, Whiskey Row boasts a state of the art HDMI video system managed by iPad technology which can control the video and sound from anywhere in the room. As an added benefit to guests, Whiskey Row will offer iPhone and USB charging stations available at the bar. Each premiere booth will feature three different beer taps and never before seen in Arizona, a liquor tap. These hi-tech taps will allow guests to pour their own beer and shots right at the table with no waiting.

The venue will serve a familiar American Gastropub Fare cuisine with a modern twist. All menu items will be made from scratch in house, using organic meats and locally farmed produce. Not only will the menu offer mouth-watering entrees but will feature sweet tooth-curbing desserts such as bourbon vanilla bean ice cream and a signature Arizona honey pecan ice cream topped on a warm apple fritter. The drink menu is just as unique with a new version of a boilermaker, which is a shot of whiskey dropped into a glass of beer. The bar is also set to offer 40 different types of whiskey. Reservations can be made by visiting the website at DierksWhiskeyRow.com and the venue will be located at 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail in Scottsdale, AZ.

Will you be making the trip to check it out? What country artist do you think should have their own bar next?

 

 

Country stars react to George Jones’ passing

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It’s been a tragic few days for country music stars and country fans. The legendary George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital, and country stars have reacted in shock and sadness over the loss of an icon. See what some of your favorite stars have said about the great George Jones:

 

Brad Paisley:

“George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have.

We miss you already, George.

Brad”

Dolly Parton:

“My heart is absolutely broken.  George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.  My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends.”

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts:

“He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”

Merle Haggard:

“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.” 

Easton Corbin:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”

Blake Shelton (via Twitter):

Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…

Kelly Clarkson (via Twitter):

Sad to hear about George Jones passing. That man touched a lot of lives with his music. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us. #RIPGeorgeJones

Read more reactions and quotes below:

A Recap of our ACM Performance Announcements

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Yesterday we were part of a teleconference with CBS and Academy of Country Music producers for the upcoming ACM awards this weekend. We got to know quite a few exciting secrets for the award show this weekend, and of course we couldn’t wait to tell our fans and readers on Twitter! If you’re following us on Twitter (@keepinitblog) you will have already heard these really cool performances, but we are recapping them now so everyone can keep track of what might be the most-fun Academy of Country Music Award show ever.

Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the ACMs this year because of budgetary reasons, so we’ll be live-tweeting them from home along with you! Make sure you join us Sunday afternoon for our exclusive KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS… Jason Charles Miller stageit show at 3 pm EST, before the ACMs kick off live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8 pm EST. Use hashtag #KIC to join in our fun!

The ACMs will kick off with a big opening performance of “Boys ‘Round Here” with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Pistol Annies, Sheryl Crow, and Brad Paisley.

Jewel will perform a special Lifting Lives segment with a mash-up of her hit single “Hands Clean” and “Fill A Heart,” an original song by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.

Hunter Hayes will get two pretty cool performances – he’ll be debuting his new single “I Want Crazy” with Stevie Wonder, and will mix in one of Stevie’s big hits. Hunter will return later in the show with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley live from the ACM Fan Jam. How did Stevie and Hunter get together? Turns out Hunter covers Stevie’s songs on tour, and Stevie discovered them and became a fan of Hunter.

Taylor Swift will have country superstars Keith Urban and Tim McGraw joining her for “Highway Don’t Care.”

Luke Bryan will be debuting a brand new single “Crash My Party” during the award show..

Kelly Clarkson will be performing her country single “Don’t Rush” with a special, announced guest. Is it Vince Gill? We don’t know, but we know he was approached along with someone else.

Reba will introduce a very special duet performance from Garth Brooks and George Strait who will be paying tribute to the late Dick Clark. It’s going to be a pretty emotional performance, so make sure you tune in for this one.

Do you have any questions about the ACMs? We’ll answer what we can on Facebook and Twitter!